Jan. 20, 2001
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - LeAndrew Bass scored 20 of his game-high 23 points in the second half to lead Alabama-Birmingham to a 76-66 Conference USA victory over Tulane on Saturday night.
The Blazers (9-8 overall, 2-3 CUSA) ended a three-game losing streak with their first victory since beating Tulane (7-10, 0-4) on Jan. 7.
Tulane lost its fifth straight and is off to its worst conference start since the 1980-81 season.
Eric Batchelor scored 18, P.J. Arnold 12 and Will Campbell 11 for the Blazers.
UAB made 27 of 34 free throws and Tulane 14 of 19.
Spann's 3-pointer at the start of the second half gave Tulane a 36-30 lead before UAB scored 14 unanswered points to take a 44-30 lead with 14:19 left in the game.
Four Blazers scored during that run. The Green Wave, meanwhile, made just one of its first seven shots and committed four turnovers before Billingsley's shot from the lane stopped the run.
UAB increased the lead to 49-38 before Tulane heated up. The Green Wave made seven of its next eight shots to pull even at 55 with 7:55 remaining.
The Blazers scored 11 straight points on free throws in building the lead to 68-60 with four minutes left.
George Brown's baseline jumper and Spann's 3-pointer got the Green Wave within 68-65 with two minutes left.
Bass scored on a driving layup and converted the three-point play after being fouled to increase the lead to 71-65 with 1:48 left.
Tony Johnson made two free throws for UAB before Billingsley's free throw
cut the lead to 73-66 with 35 seconds left. The Blazers then scored the game's
final three points.